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Mark Murphy: This takes us back to the 1980s

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Mark Murphy was an NFL player who went on strike in 1982, and now he’s the president and CEO of the Packers during a lockout almost three decades later. He says the current work stoppage does not bring back fond memories.

“Having been on both sides of this, this is really disappointing,” said Murphy, who was once an assistant executive director of the players’ union. “To me, this takes us back to where we were in the 1980s. It’s a shame. We’ve all benefited from the relationships we’ve had.”

The strikes in 1982 and 1987 canceled regular season games, so Murphy’s declaration that the current work stoppage takes the NFL back to the 1980s is bad news. But Murphy isn’t prepared to say the current work stoppage is going to affect the regular season.

“We still have a lot of time,” Murphy said. “At the end of the day, I am hopeful that cooler heads will prevail without any interruption.”

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31 Responses to “Mark Murphy: This takes us back to the 1980s”
  1. skoobyfl says: Mar 13, 2011 9:09 AM

    In related news:
    Bronislau “Bronko” Nagurski (November 3, 1908 – January 7, 1990) was a Canadian American football player. …

  2. 1historian says: Mar 13, 2011 9:10 AM

    The hat he is wearing in that picture used to be available only if you contacted the packers Pro Shop. It sold for $15, it was a good plain hat, nothing fancy, and $5 of the purchase price went to needy military families. Now for some reason they don’t sell it anymore.

    It’s a great hat – please contact the Packers Pro Shop and ask them to bring it back – remember that $5 of the purchase price goes to needy military families.

  3. anthonyfromstatenisland says: Mar 13, 2011 9:19 AM

    This definitely does take us back to the 1980s – including 1981, when the air traffic controllers went out on strike, holding the entire flying public hostage because they wanted to work banker’s hours.

    Well Ronald Reagan put the kibosh on that – big time.

    Similarly, the NFL players adamantly refuse to play 18 real games and two fake ones, as their counterparts in Canada have been doing, safely and without complaint, for 25 years.

    If there is still any justice in this world, they will suffer the same fate:

    A busted union.

  4. dryheaveone says: Mar 13, 2011 9:22 AM

    I’m actually starting to like all of this. It’s just like a game. Pick your team. The billionaires or the millionairers? Then watch them battle it out on the legal field….it’s very close to football when you think about it. I’m down with this. I don’t need any of the blocking and tackling.

  5. jc1958cool says: Mar 13, 2011 9:22 AM

    hope he’s right, then we can have a GREEN & GOLD repeat!!

  6. jfrogwi says: Mar 13, 2011 9:58 AM

    It’s a good thing we have “a lot of time,” because that’s exactly how long legal proceedings take.

    I don’t share his optimism.

  7. nitschke66 says: Mar 13, 2011 9:59 AM

    I was with several people last night who said to have people who play a game for millions and owners who get tax dollars to build stadiums have conflict over how they are dividing up billions is a disgrace given the economic condition of the entire country. Are these people insane?

    Three are die hard fans of their teams, one who is laid off and one who is a teacher is so disgusted, they vowed to never support pro football again. I wonder how prevalent this sentiment will grow in the coming weeks. I was shocked and it has caused me to evaluate as well. We do have much bigger problems that this!

  8. oldbyrd says: Mar 13, 2011 10:11 AM

    Never had to wory about football season before the socialists got involved did we??

  9. tmackjr26 says: Mar 13, 2011 10:15 AM

    That hat he is wearing is a special hat for one year. Every year is different. They’ve had them for the military, breast cancer and heart disease.

  10. chatham10 says: Mar 13, 2011 10:21 AM

    I have the solution to solve this mess but it would never happen. The solution is ” the TV Networks tell the players and the union that if they do not agree to a contract by April 15t we will not televise anymore NFL games and we will move on to other sports” It would never happen but it would solve this mess because without the TV money the players and owners will not make the money they do now. They talk about the fans but it is TV money that has made all this possible.

  11. saberstud75 says: Mar 13, 2011 10:27 AM

    I hope the work stoppage does last into the regular season so these spoiled professional atheletes can see what it is like in the real world. Find out what it’s like earning a living instead of constantly being catered to. Let’s see what your hotshot agent can negotiate for you working at McDonalds or 7 eleven. This professional atheletes “value” is only worth as much as we are willing to pay to see their sorry a$$es, and right now I am sick of them.

    Before the work stoppage I was a HUGE NFL fan too. I had the Sunday ticket, lots of apparel, went to games and everything. I used to turn a blind eye to all the stupid stuff these guys did because I loved football so much. Now I am just sick of the players and their huge egos. The only thing that concerns me about this work stoppage are the people whos job is supporting the game to feed their families.

  12. freakish213 says: Mar 13, 2011 10:27 AM

    “This definitely does take us back to the 1980s – including 1981, when the air traffic controllers went out on strike, holding the entire flying public hostage because they wanted to work banker’s hours.”

    Interesting, yet highly unintelligent comment.

    Point one: Reagan broke the ATC Union and yes, they now work more hours, because that’s what we want, tired, overworked ATCs.

    Point two: Nobody is trying to crush an ATC as apart of the job, it’s likely ATCs have zero concussions, broken bones, muscle tears, etc. as a result of the pummeling they take at work. I wonder how many of them have permanent brain damage and early onset Alzheimer’s because of their job?

    Point three: In the NFL we’re talking about a multi-billion dollar enterprise that has anti-trust exemption thus allowing it to have exclusive contracts with players, television networks, vendors, sponors, clothing manufacturers, etc. who can go nowhere else to make comparable money. If they abuse thee privileged granted them under anti-trust exemption those privileged should, and will be stripped.

    It has been my experience that people who are anti-union typically has no experience with unions themselves. Jealousy is a stinky cologne.

  13. pervyharvin says: Mar 13, 2011 10:29 AM

    Lets all punk those arrogant pricks and boycott the NFL for a year or 2. Would suck but would love them to learn a lesson…they are nothing without us fans.

  14. chatham10 says: Mar 13, 2011 10:35 AM

    The post above I wanted to include the owners in that post. The other point, keep watching union chief Smith on TV because when this CBA is agreed upon and he stands up and tells the nation that what he did was for the fans, you will not see him on TV again till the next CBA comes around.

  15. jw731 says: Mar 13, 2011 10:35 AM

    Didn’t the Redskins release him after a pro bowl season because of his union activities? Wasn’t he a major union activist in the 82 strike…..Now he hopes cooler heads prevail….give me a break

  16. 8man says: Mar 13, 2011 11:03 AM

    I hope the owners crush the players during this process. I don’t want to see NFL football until this is finished, once and for all.

    I can’t believe what the owners offered. I can’t believe it. Thank God, the players were too stupid to take it. Hopefully we can watch the owners make the business model changes necessary to get back control of their league.

  17. 1mge says: Mar 13, 2011 11:07 AM

    Easy for Vikings fans to to boycott the NFL!

  18. thefiesty1 says: Mar 13, 2011 11:08 AM

    Cooler heads prevail?? Not when they all are talking about their pocket books.

  19. realitypolice says: Mar 13, 2011 11:21 AM

    @nitschke66:

    You, and all of the friends you were out with last night will be glued to the TV or in your stadium seats the next time your team plays a game, whenever that is.

    The league knows this. If they thought there was any chance you would ever actually walk away, they would act differently.

    The league has given you a thousand reasons to walk away. Every decision the league ever makes, from PSLs to ticket prices to blackouts to $200 jerseys has been a direct kick in your crotch and you just take it.

    The league has never in it’s history made a decision with the good of the consumer in mind.

    Why start now?

  20. fltharley says: Mar 13, 2011 11:27 AM

    i think the fans should send the nfl and the nflpa a message and turn off the tv. no games for a year and they will get the message they shouldnt ignore the people who supports there product. the nfl channel just say no

  21. pervyharvin says: Mar 13, 2011 11:45 AM

    1mge says: Mar 13, 2011 11:07 AM

    Easy for Vikings fans to to boycott the NFL
    ======================================
    Here you are, paper World Chumpions and you still have horn envy…sad little world over there eh?

  22. dryheaveone says: Mar 13, 2011 12:05 PM

    nitschke66 says:
    Mar 13, 2011 9:59 AM
    I was with several people last night who said to have people who play a game for millions and owners who get tax dollars to build stadiums have conflict over how they are dividing up billions is a disgrace given the economic condition of the entire country. Are these people insane?

    Three are die hard fans of their teams, one who is laid off and one who is a teacher is so disgusted, they vowed to never support pro football again. I wonder how prevalent this sentiment will grow in the coming weeks. I was shocked and it has caused me to evaluate as well. We do have much bigger problems that this!
    ————————————————–
    sorry guy, I’ve heard this all before. Previous NFL work stoppages, MLB Strike, NHL strike……the fans will come back, they always have,they always will.

  23. hodag54501 says: Mar 13, 2011 12:41 PM

    This definitely does take us back to the 1980s – including 1981, when the air traffic controllers went out on strike, holding the entire flying public hostage because they wanted to work banker’s hours.

    Well Ronald Reagan put the kibosh on that – big time.
    —-
    Ever know an air traffic controller? 4 hours of guiding planes full of people is tough work, many suffer symptoms like PTSD.
    I love know-it-alls(like Ronny Ray-Gun) who “solved” the problem, didn’t he?
    Like many conservatives, ill-informed, shoot from the hip nonsense.

  24. PanchoHerreraFanClub says: Mar 13, 2011 12:44 PM

    BTW, the owners do have what they want, no union. So, you guys can blame the players, but not the union because it does not exist any more. The owners are simply refusing to honor their contracts with their non-union employees. Say goodnight, Gracie.

  25. goombar2 says: Mar 13, 2011 1:11 PM

    Wow, what is this the weenies have taken to posting on Pack themed material here?

    First off, screw these owners. Open yer books! The owners are themselves acting as a collective union only the Packers have release their books. Let’s see how Mike Brown has been writing up those expenses. All them jerk-os claiming they’re not making a profit. Right!

    Oh, and the players should let ‘em keep another billion cause they’re going to invest in new markets. They’ve been getting a billion for years now and still can’t win the market in Minnesota. How has that money been spent?

    I think it’s great Mark Murphy is leading the Packers during this stalemate. No more Packers at a disadvatage having to have open books and the rest of these billionaire clowns wasting money like it’s Wall Street!

    Come on Zygi, open them books! Show some accountability for that loser franchise! Stop blaming the cost of players when you’re the guy who over pays for ‘em thus driving costs up!

    And here’s a special message to the whiners who claim they’re gonna stop watching… Good riddance! You were nothing but a bunch of bandwagon jumpers anyway.

  26. metalhead65 says: Mar 13, 2011 1:23 PM

    hey guys, how many times have we heard players say it’s not for the money but the love of the game as the reason they play? well now that you have no union and you can’t play for the nfl why not give the ufl a try? they don’t have any money but you would be able to play and that’s all that matters right? if not that one why not form your own league and play? oh wait that would mean having to put up your own money to pay for it right?you the player would would have to spend money on uniforms.places to play the games.transportation costs, insurance for the players and families and all the other expenses that go with running a team and league. sounds like fun doesn’t it? if you are not willing to do that then shut up about it not being about the money!

  27. jimmysee says: Mar 13, 2011 1:27 PM

    Back in the days before there was a players union, the Practice Squad was called the “taxi squad” because those players had to drive cabs to make enough to live.

    Both sides have an interest in settling this — the players because they have a limited “shelf life;” the owners for obvious reasons.

  28. ilpackerbacker says: Mar 13, 2011 1:56 PM

    Mark Murphy rules. Packers 21, Bears 14. Packers 31, Steelers 25.

    That’s dedicated to Bears and Vikings fans everywhere. Even pervyharvin, who retired at 35, fishes all day, and runs Bingo tournaments at night, LOL.

  29. 1mge says: Mar 13, 2011 2:40 PM

    Packers Superbowl Champions, again.

    Vikings 6-10.

    Breaking News… Target & 3M are hoping the lockout causes a 12 game 2011 regular season so they don’t have to buy as many remaining Vikings seats to avoid hometown blackout!

  30. Deb says: Mar 14, 2011 12:33 PM

    @metalhead65 …

    NFL players have done every bit of that in the not-too-distant past. And something can involve money but still be a matter of principle. You chose your username well.

  31. Deb says: Mar 14, 2011 3:28 PM

    Why am I not allowed to point out that Reagan firing our air traffic controllers crippled the nation’s air traffic system for a generation? You canr read up on it if you don’t believe me. It sounded like a wonderful idea to union-busters but in reality made flying much more dangerous for the masses. Can you imagine what it was like trying to replace all those trained professionals at one time? I know you guys weren’t even born then, but I can’t imagine why you keep censoring me on this.

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